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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 07:00

Las Vegas Responds to Drug Crisis With Syringe Vending Machines

Written by  Aleister

“This is a harm reduction approach”

As the nation’s opioid crisis continues to grow, some cities are taking dramatic steps to deal with its associated problems. Las Vegas has actually introduced vending machines which dispense clean syringes for free.

The Daily Caller reports:

Syringe Vending Machines Hit Las Vegas Amid Heroin Crisis

Las Vegas will get the nation’s first vending machine for drug syringes to combat spiking heroin deaths in the state and reduce the transmission of HIV.

The vending machines filled with clean needles will be available to designated individuals by the end of May. Residents who want access to the vending machines will need to be a part of Trac-B Exchange, a drug remediation group operating in Las Vegas. Participants in the Trac-B Exchange will be able to type a special access code into the machines to receive a clean syringe, reports Health Central.

In addition to the clean needles, the vending machines will dispense alcoholic wipes and “safe-sex supplies,” all packaged in a box.

“This is a harm reduction approach,” Chelsi Cheatom, program manager for Trac-B Exchange, told KSNV. “People are already exchanging in these behaviors, and anytime someone’s engaging in a behavior that could cause them some potential health side effects, we want to encourage them to reduce their risk of harm.

Read more at LegalInsurrection

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(Updated: April 18, 2017)

How cool is that ????? NOT!!!!! Thanks to Nevada, the drug industry is flourishing....If one thinks that dispersing needles will solve the problem, one must be an idiot. It will only make it easier for addicts to get high, crime will increase and overdoses will happen more often. Don't make it easier for addicts, make it harder... The youth is already half crazy without the drugs; so just imagine what is going to happen when more and more start becoming addicts duh... This will be a nation run by crazies. God help us...

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